Birthday At Clifford Pier.








I love Clifford Pier and The Fullerton Bay Hotel. I admit that the food (except the lobster roll) and service is rather…blah…but the ambience kinda makes up for it. I had a wonderful celebration with my family there. These days, family outings revolve around the ‘lil boo, Elliott and we have our dinners really early at 6pm so that he gets home by 8+ for bed. No one is complaining. I/We love this ‘lil boy to bits and I think in my eyes, he’ll do no wrong – even when he’s constantly trying to strangle me by pulling on my necklace. I almost thought my Chanel necklace was going to break. 
It was really nice when the waiters brought out a birthday cake for me and when the pianist broke into a birthday song. Everyone in the restaurant sang along! Do note that if you’re going to do a birthday celebration at this restaurant, they do not allow you to consume cakes from outside. Neither will they refrigerate the cake for you. They make it up by providing you with one. 🙂 
Outfit details complete with cute couple at the back! 
Top & Skirt: Upcoming on Wardrobe Theory 
The top is a lovely mix of faux leather and mesh. I designed this piece! 
Heels: Zara
-xoxo-

Happy Holidays!

Here’s wishing you all happy holidays! I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas this year – the massive present and party planning leading up to the festivities, precious time spent with family and friends, the look of glee (especially amongst the ‘lil ones) when everybody opened their presents, and all that delicious food and over eating. I’ve been nursing a flu and a bad throat since Christmas eve, but ain’t no germs gonna get me down during Christmas! 
The combination of the Christmas spirit and the year coming to a close always leaves me in a reflective mood and I am reminded of what’s important; to have a grateful heart and be thankful for all the wonderful people who surround me. 
I hope all of you had a wonderful and meaningful Christmas. It’s the season of faith, hope and love, so spread love to those who may need it! I’ll be spending the next couple of days mulling over my New Year’s resolutions and setting goals in pursuit of my dreams. More on that to share soon.
On a side note, I think some of you are aware of the current controversy happening right now in the blogosphere. As someone who’s had the experience of working with several artiste management companies over the last decade, I can vouch with all honesty that Gushcloud has been fair, honest, and transparent in our relationship. They conduct their business professionally and sincerely. My experience with them has been nothing but great. Gushcloud believes in open communication and transparency. All these positive traits and more,  is what makes me a proud member of the Gushcloud community.
My heart goes out to the entire team who had to spend this Christmas season managing this ill timed inconvenience. Christmas is the time for love, joy and giving…  kudos to the team for handling all the negativity that’s been hurled at them. 
The Gushcloud team is one of the most hardworking groups of people that I’ve come to work with. The team has always been focused on bettering themselves and fostering an online community based on positivity.  It might be a part of human nature to think the worst of others, in fact, it most probably is easier to think the worst of others, instead of seeing the good that people do. I really do hope that public opinion will not be so swayed so easily by a single, biased source. I find it heartbreaking that such unprovoked hostility is supported by such blind hatred. The blind hatred of people who choose to believe manipulated data, unfounded evidence and unkind words. 
My personal testimony might not mean very much to you, but I believe that the truth will unfold with time. I’d just like to leave you with this quote that I’ve heard some years back;
 “It is easier to destroy than to create, it is easier to sow hate than to foster love. It is easier to judge than it is to seek the truth.” 

One of my favourite pictures taken with the Gushcloud family in Boracay last year. 
  
-xoxo-

Road trip day 01: Phillip Island

The first day of our road trip took us to Phillip Island. We left Melbourne behind schedule – as usual because we tend to be so chill and oh-so-slow (haha) – and reached Phillip Island around mid-afternoon. We were going to spend a night there and I had a couple of day activity options for us. The evening was reserved for the Penguin Parade, a must-visit at Phillip Island. I had planned to either visit the Koala Conservation Centre and tree top boardwalks or go to Churchill Island Heritage Farm for some farming activities like sheep shearing demonstration, cow milking, etc. Because we were late in getting into Phillip Island, we had missed most of the farming activities so we decided to head for the Koala Conservation Centre. 
We had a wonderful time at the Koala Conservation Centre cooing over how adorable the koalas looked just hanging and chilling on the gum trees, walking along the nature trail trying to spot as many animals as we could – we only managed to spot kangaroos, making monkey faces and showing all sorta bad signs for silly pictures (we really never do grow up!) and trying to get serious with #OOTD shots. I was wearing a hat from ASOS, jacket from Zara, shorts from Wardrobe Theory and boots from Topshop. Can you spot the koala in my picture above? I know the kangaroo picture is pretty obvious. 
Because we didn’t manage to go to the farm, I can’t compare which activity is better if you only had 1 day to spend on Phillip Island, but you can cover the Koala Conservation Centre pretty quickly if you’re not so into taking pictures. So, you can probably head there first if you get into the island early and then go to the farm for all the activities. The farm activities only start from 2pm. 
We checked into our bed and breakfast after hanging with the koalas and I still cannot stop gushing about our accommodation choice. I was already pretty excited before we got there because I had researched before and the pictures of the place looked amazing on the website. It was not until I got there that I felt like I had literally died and gone to heaven. I only wish I took more pictures of the studio en-suite room that we got but I was too excited about everything to remember to take pictures. This b&b called Kitty Miller Bay fits only 2 people and it’s like a mini house that is an extension of the main house. It’s got a small pantry area, huge bathroom, comfortable bed and ceiling to floor glass doors that overlook the most amazing view of the vast fields and blue ocean. My pictures from above don’t even do the place justice. I wish we had more time at the b&b and I would go back in a heartbeat if I were to head to Melbourne again. Here’s the link to check the place out: http://www.kittymillerbaybedandbreakfast.com.au .
We had to peel ourselves from the beautiful b&b to head for the Penguin Parade before we missed the whole show. I’m glad we made it on time because again, we had a wonderful time watching the tiniest penguins head onto shore – so cute to see them ‘lil creatures pop out from the waters and cross the sandy beach to their burrow homes. They swim across the ocean to another island for food every day – honestly I don’t know how their tiny bodies do it because how tiring is it to swim in the ocean with the strong current and waves?! – and return with food every evening to feed their babies. They travel in groups to guard against enemies like eagles and big birds swooping overhead and it’s so incredibly cute to watch them wait for one another to reach the sand and then totter quickly in groups towards the grassy patch to look for their homes. I have no idea again how they find their burrow…there are no proper roads or trails for them and there are SO many burrows littered everywhere! 
We were in luck that it was chick rearing season so we could watch and observe so many of these little penguins return to their nests to their penguin babies. So many of these babies came out of their nests waiting impatiently for their moms to get home with food. They were sooooo cute I wish I could touch them and maybe even bring a couple home. A word of warning that it gets incredibly cold at the Penguin Parade. It generally is quite cold at Phillip Island but you need to really cover up with a thick jacket and bring a scarf even at the penguin area. It’s outdoors and the chilly winds are really strong. I was freezing there! 
Jon and I got up really early the next day to try and catch the sunrise…but guess what, the rain rained on our parade!! Haha…and then we went back to bed, and of course, woke up too late. Argh!! We left Phillip Island after exploring the area around our B&B and taking (more) pictures and OOTD shots with me in Wardrobe Theory’s Bloom In Love dress. 
As you can see from the above picture, I lugged my entire set of IDS Clinic skincare products everywhere I went. My skin had just cleared up awhile before and I was not taking any chances. It could be due to me religiously slapping on all that products and the 4-Step Hydro Therapeutics Treatment that I did just before I left, but my skin stayed clear and bright throughout the trip, making me one happy girl. A little more about the treatment that I’ve been raving about to all my friends -it really helps get rid of those annoying small white/blackheads that stay on your face forever! Step 1 involves a water microdermabrasion with a Hydrafacial equipment to get rid of dead skin cells. Then, ultrasound is combined with a skin scubber to remove those nasty black/white heads. Some minor extraction is involved in this step for stubborn zits. After all the nasty stuff is removed from your face, a combination of multi-vitamins and whitening serum is penetrated into your skin with Iontophoresis technology. Finally, a mask will be used, depending on skin type to seal in all the goodness. A whitening mask was used on me and the results after the 4 steps was super glowy and overall radiant skin that lasts and lasts. Doesn’t it all sound amazing? You’ve got to try and witness the results yourself. I can’t wait to go for my next treatment! 
More on road trip day 02 in the next post! 
-xoxo-

SK-II’s #ChangeDestiny launch party & prepping for Christmas (yes, already!)

I was recently invited along with my Gushcloud lovelies, Sophia and Tricia to SK-II’s Change Destiny launch party at Vivo City to witness the unveiling of their new exclusive limited edition Facial Treatment Essence bottles for the upcoming festive season.

The beautiful floral designs on the bottles are designed by up-and-coming digital artist, Po-Chih Huang. He drew inspiration from four flowers – tulips, freesia, hydrangea and cypress to create the stunning design on the bottles. The different floral motif represent different facets of beauty – passion, elegance, compassion and wisdom. I like the purple hydrangea floral motif best. It represents compassion, appreciation and gratitude – qualities that I keep very close to my heart. Plus, I’m sure you all know that purple is my favourite colour.
True to SK-II’s belief in empowerment and transformation, this collaboration between the brand and the designer is the first of SK-II’s efforts to support emerging young artists. Kudos to SK-II for supporting young talent! These exclusive Facial Treatment Essence bottles will be available at all SK-II counters in Singapore starting October. For fans of the Treatment Essence, you won’t want to miss this. The bottles will sit so pretty on your dresser! They’ll surely also make such pretty gifts for Christmas. 
Tricia, Sophia and I at the entrance of the  Change Destiny Garden. With a wonderful marriage of beauty, art and fashion, we were given a visual treat at the launch party with a fashion runway show showcasing creations inspired by the designs on the new Facial Treatment essence bottles by LASALLE College of the arts graduates. With another partnership between SK-II and renowned UK illustrator, Melissa Bailey, Melissa drew inspiration from Po-Chih Huang’s digital designs and transformed them into hand-crafted fashion illustrations. The graduates from LASALLE in turn brought Melissa’s fashion illustrations to live by transforming the outfits from paper to real and showcased them during the runway show. This was the stunning results from the beautiful partnerships.

After the runway show, the new exclusive Facial Treatment Essence bottles were unveiled. The CEO of SK-II and Tangs were joined onstage by award-winning Korean actress, Lee Yeon Hee for the unveiling ceremony. Sophia, Tricia and I scored a private meet-and-greet with her before the show started. Lucky us! She’s so beautiful in real life and her skin looks absolutely crystal clear, super dewy and amazing. The works of SK-II products I bet! 
The unveiling of the limited edition exclusive Facial Treatment Essence.

Us with Lee Yeon Hee.

Her skin is so radiant and glowing! 
A few days after the launch party, we were invited by SK-II once again for a private event called the #ChangeDestiny Garden Party for a Gift and Craft workshop. The good people at SK-II were so kind to arrange for their trainer, Louis, to have a skincare Q&A session with us for us to ask him about anything beauty. 
We could pick and gift SK-II products to our loved ones at this workshop, so we took this opportunity to ask Louie which products were suitable. I gifted for my mum, sister and Jon. (My dad doesn’t use any skincare products. I’m not being biased!) 
We also asked him questions on how to care for our delicate eye area, how to keep our skin taut and firm and many more!
Here, he’s demonstrating the correct way to apply eye cream. First, warm up the eye cream between your fingers so that they get absorbed into the skin better.

Then, using your third and forth finger, swipe from the middle of the bottom of your eye upwards towards your upper lids 6 times. Make sure you cover the entire area around your eyes. End at your temples and give it a gentle push for 5 counts, with the strongest push on the 3rd count.

Then swipe 6 times on your upper lid from inner to outer of your eye, and swipe 6 times on your bottom lid from inner to outer once again. End at the start of your nose bridge after swiping 6 times on the upper lid and give it a gentle push for 5 counts (strongest on the 3rd count). End at the nose area parallel to your lower lids after swiping 6 times on your lower lids and push for 5 counts. Try it, it feels really good and relaxing.

 To keep your cheeks firm and taut, apply moisturizer and then swipe 6 times on each cheek with your thumb and third finger upwards from bottom of cheek to ear. Then, hold your thumb and second finger together and form an ‘O’ shape and swipe from chin to ear, 6 times. 6 is like the magic number isn’t it! Then push downwards (as shown in the picture above) from the back of your ears to the base of your neck near the collarbone to drain all excess fluids and toxins from your lymph nodes.

I’ve been doing this lymphathic massage method on my face and eyes every night since the workshop and (I hope I’m not imagining things) but my face seems to be smaller and less bloated from water retention!

Here’s another tip: your body repairs all your major organs including your skin between the magical hour of 10pm – 4am. So, the ideal time to complete your night time skincare routine is by 10pm so that when your body starts working on your skin, all the goodness is already there waiting to be absorbed. This is the 2nd time that I’ve heard it already. 10pm is a little early for me, so I’ve not tried it. Do try and let me know how it works out!

Also, we learned from Louis that our skin’s future is ours to control. SK-II actually provides in-depth consultations that recommend you the right products so that you can look forward to better quality skin for as long as the next 20 years!

So, back to the gifts. The lovely people at SK-II prepared all these gift boxes and tools for us to get crafty and decorate our gifts. We got busy and it was really fun.

I picked the Stem Power range Eye Cream, Essence and Rich Cream for my mum as it’s suitable for mature skin.

I hear that the Cellumination Aura Essence is really good, so I packed that along with the Facial Treatment Essence for my sis.
As for Jon, I got him the Facial Treatment Clear Lotion (to be used in place of toners), Facial Treatment Essence and Cellumination Deep Surge EX. 

It almost felt like I was back in art school again. 🙂 

And my presents are ready! I’m so excited for Christmas to come already so that I can give it to them. I’m sure my mum, sis and Jon would love their presents. You can’t top gifting the gift of good skin, really. It’ll last them through way after Christmas has ended. Thank you SK-II for having us at this creative Gift & Craft workshop. I had a wonderful time learning more about SK-II products and I can’t wait to use them! 
Also, if you would like to get a beautiful festive gift set for your loved ones, the prices are as follows!
SK-II Pitera Essence Set – S$99.00
Sk-II Miracle in a Bottle – S$233.00
SK-II Best Essential Set – S$398.00
SK-II Revival Deluxe Set – S$452.00
SK-II Aura Glow Set – S$532.00
SK-II Men Essentials Set – S$322.00
SK-II Colours Collection – S$69**
*Exclusive price available with any purchase
-xoxo-

You Never Really…

I think you never really ever get over losing someone. You move on with the motions of daily life, get busy and not think about the grief, or the person that you’ve lost, but the memory of this person can hit you suddenly when you’re most unaware and unprepared. It may be a look-alike on the street, a particular smell, or the food he/she used to love to eat. It hits you without warning out of the blue and ‘wham’, floodgates open and the tears will fall uncontrollably…until you tell yourself to stop, breathe and move on. Stop thinking. Move on back into the clockwork motion of everyday, and stop yourself from missing, from reminiscing. 
‘Remembering is easy. Missing you is the heartache that never goes away.’ 
I miss you Mama and Kong Kong, I think about you all the time.